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How can skipping long, hot showers relieve moderate to severe eczema?

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Very hot water will dry your skin and make your symptoms worse. Take lukewarm showers or baths instead. Use mild, perfume-free soap or non-soap cleanser, and avoid bubble baths. When you’re done, gently towel off your skin -- don’t rub -- until it’s partly dry. Then, within 3 minutes, put on a moisturizer. If your doctor has prescribed an eczema cream, apply that to your skin first.

SOURCES:

National Eczema Association: “Eczema;” “Alternative Therapies;” “Proper Moisturizing Techniques;” “Alternative Treatments;” and “Bleach Baths.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Atopic Dermatitis: Tips for Managing” and “Eczema.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Handout on Health: Atopic Dermatitis (A Type of Eczema.)”

National Jewish Health: “Eczema Lifestyle Management (Atopic Dermatitis)" and “Eczema Lifestyle Management: Avoid Irritants with Ectopic Dermatitis.”

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: “Skin Care Tips for Individuals With Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema).”

American Skin Association: “Dry Skin.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema): Beyond the Basics.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 14, 2020

SOURCES:

National Eczema Association: “Eczema;” “Alternative Therapies;” “Proper Moisturizing Techniques;” “Alternative Treatments;” and “Bleach Baths.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Atopic Dermatitis: Tips for Managing” and “Eczema.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Handout on Health: Atopic Dermatitis (A Type of Eczema.)”

National Jewish Health: “Eczema Lifestyle Management (Atopic Dermatitis)" and “Eczema Lifestyle Management: Avoid Irritants with Ectopic Dermatitis.”

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: “Skin Care Tips for Individuals With Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema).”

American Skin Association: “Dry Skin.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema): Beyond the Basics.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 14, 2020

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